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saving face

By unknown | Sep 09, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Heart-breakers Bafana Bafana are confident of redeeming their tarnished image at the expense of Guinea at Super Stadium in Atteridgeville today at 6pm.

This is after Bafana Bafana dismally failed to qualify for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations finals following a 0-1 defeat by Nigeria at the weekend.

"We are going all out for a comprehensive win, we hope luck will smile on us this time round in as far as goals are concerned," said Sipho Nkumane, SA team manager.

It is about time coach Joel Santana justified his position as our senior team national coach, especially with a monthly salary of R1,4 million .

Saying he would rather lose with a strong team than win with a cowardly team is unacceptable because that seems to explain why Bafana lost to Sierra Leone and drew in the second leg, at home nogal.

Santana's verbal diarrhoea, evident in claims that he was happy with Bafana Bafana despite their failure to qualify for Angola, has not gone down well with many South Africans. What is confusing about Santana is that he is forever happy with the team's performance, but continues to chop and change in their next game.

Consistency does not exist in his vocabulary, otherwise the team that faced Nigeria would have been retained for the clash against Guinea, including captain Benni McCarthy.

The clueless Santana has unsuccessfully tried to convince South Africans that the bigger picture here is the World Cup, forgetting that soccer is all about results.

Santana will use tonight's game to assess players like Matthew Booth, Lebogang Mothibantwa, Bernard Parker and Daine Klate. Regulars in the team include Teko Modise, who is likely to be appointed captain, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Surprise Moriri and Itumeleng Khune.

Guinea, who are ranked 41st by Fifa, arrived in South Africa yesterday from Harare where they played to a goalless draw with Zimbabwe.

South Africa are ranked 70th and the situation should get worst next month after the weekend's 1-0 defeat by a weakened Nigeria, in Port Elizabeth.

Guinea will rely on their stars like Ibrahim Diallo, Manque Camara and Youyssouf Toure who are capable of adding to Bafana Bafana's woes.

In Freetown, Sierra Leone enhanced their chances of qualifying for the Afcon finals in Angola with a 2-1 victory over Equatorial Guinea to occupy second spot.

l Bafana Bafana will play a friendly against Malawi at Germiston Stadium on September 30.


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